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Employee Retention: Top 10 signs your employee might be considering leaving

While there are differences by industry and role, there are some common indicators that an employee may have 'fallen out of love' with your organziation. Keep an eye out for these consistent evidence of these behaviours, as it may indicate opportunities for an employer to intervene and rekindle that flame

Employee Retention

. Without further ado: here are the top ways to tell if an employee may be considering quitting:

  1. Decreased engagement and productivity: If an employee's motivation, enthusiasm, and productivity noticeably decline, it could be a sign that they have mentally checked out and are preparing to move on.

  2. Increased absenteeism or tardiness: A sudden increase in unexplained absences, frequent tardiness, or taking more personal days can indicate a lack of commitment and could be a warning sign.

  3. Declining quality of work: When an employee's work quality deteriorates consistently, it might suggest a lack of interest or investment in their role, potentially indicating they are looking for new opportunities.

  4. Reduced participation and disengagement: If an employee starts withdrawing from team activities, stops contributing ideas or opinions, and avoids taking on additional responsibilities, it may signal disinterest or the pursuit of other options.

  5. Lack of commitment to long-term projects: Employees who show reluctance to commit to long-term projects, such as declining to take on responsibilities beyond a certain time frame, may be signaling a short-term focus due to plans to leave.

  6. Increased networking and external engagement: If an employee suddenly becomes more active in professional networking events, industry conferences, or connects with competitors or recruiters on social media platforms, they may be exploring alternative job opportunities.

  7. Negative attitude or behavioral changes: Significant changes in an employee's attitude, such as increased negativity, irritability, or conflicts with colleagues, could indicate their dissatisfaction and the potential for an imminent departure.

  8. Seeking feedback and growth opportunities: Employees who actively seek feedback, express a desire for new challenges or development opportunities, or inquire about advancement within the company might be considering leaving if such opportunities are not provided. Advancement and continued development are critical drivers of churn in many industries, and this is a great opportunity for the employer to consider the long-term potential for an employee. Companies need to be proactive and thoughtful on how they offer emloyees ways to learn new skills and experience continued personal growth.

  9. Unusual focus on personal belongings and tasks: If an employee starts clearing personal items from their workspace, taking an excessive number of breaks to make personal calls or run personal errands, it could be a sign of disengagement and preparation for departure.

  10. Expressing dissatisfaction or voicing concerns: When an employee starts expressing frustrations about their job, company policies, or management, it may indicate their growing dissatisfaction and potential intention to seek employment elsewhere.

Remember that these signs are not definitive proof, and individual circumstances can vary. It is important to approach these indicators with care and initiate open and honest communication with employees to better understand their concerns and address any issues they may be facing.


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